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SANDAKAN – The covenant community here made time to share the joy of Advent by reaching out to the underprivileged.
Members of the Star of Yahweh Covenant Community (SYCC), together with their youth, reached out to those belonging to a marginalised community in Sibuga on 4 Dec 2016.
It started when a member, who works in the hospital, informed the community that a boy patient who was terminally ill had to return home because his parents could not afford his treatment in Kota Kinabalu.
The family lives in a ghetto Indonesian community along Sibuga road. The boy has nine siblings and their parents, who are vegetable farmers, informed the visitors that they have left their son’s fate in the hands of God.
Saddened by the hardship of the boy’s family, the youth took the opportunity to organize ‘Christmas joy’ to cheer up the family and the surrounding children living in the ghetto. They pooled their resources together, aided by their elders who chipped in with a contribution of 60 packets of food, goodies and gifts to 14 families living in that area.
It was a surprise visit. The boy’s family was touched as they had never experienced being visited by carollers. The boy’s grandmother said that these gestures shown them have made her family felt the presence of the church despite their absence in the Sunday Masses. – Susanna & Dalius